Behold one and all, above you may now watch the premiere trailer for Rockstar Games' next big release, L.A. Noire. The developer states very clearly that every frame of that video is in-game, leading me to believe that Noire will be the best looking game from a company that has a long history of making great looking games. Honestly, just look at the detail on the facial animations, the crispness of the motion capture work, hell, you can almost smell the stale cigarettes that litter some of the scenes. While none of them are exactly photo-realistic, remember that you're looking at a game that is still in development, so there's plenty of time for improvement.
Rockstar is promising that Noire will be the first game to "truly explore what it means to be a detective", and as you can see in the trailer, that's likely going to mean a lot of driving around to various witnesses and informants, some of whom will cooperate willingly, but some who may need a bit of a stronger hand to come around. It also looks like, much as they did with New York City and the Wild West, that Rockstar has really captured the look and feel of the late 1940s in La La Land.
As of right now, the game is slated for a spring of 2011 release, but I wouldn't be surprised if this ends up being delayed until late summer or even into the fall. Knowing Rockstar's attention to detail, a delay seems possible.